BUILDING NEW POSSIBILITIES
At MCDS, our strength comes from people, program and place. We nurture a dynamic community of hearts and minds and bring people together in a place full of possibilities: our natural Corte Madera campus.
That’s why our Strategic Plan and Master Plan call for us to not only invest in our people, develop our programs and build our long-term institutional strength—but also to pursue campus projects that open up new possibilities for our students and faculty.
In 2017, you’ll see that vision unfolding with our new upper campus project:
- The Creekside Building
- Creek and Watershed
- Science Classrooms
- New Upper Field Area
- Lower Parking Lot
Our new Creekside Building bring together everything that makes MCDS unique: an immersion in nature, a spirit of openness and community, and a commitment to building connections across grade levels and disciplines.
Our vision began with a few simple needs: Our 1970s science classrooms are no longer adequate for the work our teachers and students are doing today, and we need more classrooms to support our Upper School classes while keeping class sizes small. These challenges are urgent, and the new Creekside Building will address them—but they’re also just the beginning of all that this project will do for our students, teachers and programs.
Our new Upper Field will feature a practice field and jogging path. We will also regrade the Upper School black top and add new basketball and four square courts to support our physical education and recreation programs. The Upper School garden and greenhouse will be moved from their current location to an expanded space next to the music room. This will allow us to enhance our garden curriculum and program.
- When will construction begin and how long will it last?
- How many more classrooms will the Creekside Building provide?
- Why do we need these new spaces?
- Does this project incorporate green design and other sustainable features?
- How much will the campus improvements cost?
- Is strengthening our endowment part of the vision for people, program and place?
- How does the school intend to pay for this?
The current project will incorporate green design and continue the extensive progress in sustainable practices that began with our 2006 strategic plan. The Creekside Buildings will be “net zero energy buildings” that generate as much renewable energy as they consume. The new construction will be LEED Platinum.
Many of the green design features that define our Learning Resource Center (the nation’s first net zero energy school building) and Administration Building will be incorporated. These may include solar panels, living roofs, natural light, reclaimed materials and radiant heating and cooling. The Creekside Buildings will also create new opportunities to bring sustainability into our curriculum, as we have done since 2006.
The new Creekside Building, science labs and classrooms, along with corresponding Upper Campus enhancements (creating a heart of the upper campus, site preparations, field drainage, restoration of the creek) and the lower lot redesign, are estimated to cost $30.4 million. The building's design will be functional, simple and flexible.
Yes. Alongside our campus improvements, the Board is committed to raising between $10-12 million for our endowment and reserves. Our endowment is an investment in people. Increasing the endowment increases the annual unrestricted income that helps maintain our commitments to (1) Indexed tuition and an economically diverse student body; (2) Attracting, retaining and developing outstanding faculty through flexible permanent funding; and (3) Long-term financial stability by providing a reliable funding source to supplement tuition income.
This project will be funded through the Step Together Campaign, alongside other initiatives including significant endowed investments that directly support our students, families, faculty and staff. While this campaign is still in its early stages, all members of our community will be invited to participate in time.
With over 60 years of educating children, MCDS continues to serve children and families who believe learning is a joyous, livelong journey.
We are committed to growing our financial reserves ad endowment to support a creative, diverse, and thoughtful community of students and teachers.
Our endowment is an investment in people. It increases the annual unrestricted income that helps maintain our commitments to indexed tuition and an economically diverse student body.
It helps attract, retain and develop outstanding faculty through flexible permanent funding.
It also provides long-term financial stability by providing a reliable funding source to supplement tuition income.